Year of Baking: Quebrada Baking Co

At any family event I am always the person to jump to make the dessert, and at B’s first birthday party I made his smash cake and all the cupcakes, but it was overwhelming and I don’t have the skills to always do what I want to do.

I had contacted one person initially, and it just didn’t end up panning out. I resigned to the fact that I would be making a cake. My trainer ended up telling me about a bakery that was close to our old apartment (so glad I didn’t know about this place when I lived there).

Enter Quebrada Baking Co, I am closest to the Arlington location, but the Wellesley location is where they do the design work for ordered cakes.

I talked to the baker in the Wellesley shop via phone and then I ordered the cake at the Arlington location. Our birthday party theme for B was Toy Story, and all I wanted was for the cake to say Happy Birthday and then have a hanging 2, just like the movie.

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I also ordered cupcakes so that our guests could have a little variety.

I went and picked up the cake Saturday afternoon

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I wasn’t super impressed – I felt like I could do a do a better job…and why is the I the only lower case letter? Plus the 2 just looks weird, no?

Luckily, that’s where the bad ends, the cake was absolutely fantastic. I ordered a chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting, and it was one of the BEST cakes I have ever had. I never usually order chocolate but B loves it.

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Chocolate Cupcakes

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The destroyed cupcakes are my error and not the bakery’s! The cupcakes were a huge hit as well.

Yellow Cake Cupcakes.

Each box had 2 cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, buttercream frosting, whipped frosting, mocha frosting, coconut topping, and chocolate frosting.

Other than the decorating error, I loved everything about Quebrada, and I would definitely order a custom cake from them again (I would probably go to the Wellesley location to avoid any errors in the future).

Cake with Buzz Lightyear Candle

Cake with Buzz Lightyear Candle

We even had pastries from the bakery the next morning (they make mini’s of many of their pastries), including multiple types of croissants, cinnamon buns, scones, and muffins. All were delicious, and I am so glad I have to make the trek to get to Quebrada otherwise I would be there ALL the time!

The family!

The family!

Have you ever had a cake problem?

Year of Baking: Flour’s Red Velvet Cake & Cream Cheese Frosting

For this week’s year of baking I have another birthday recipe from my sister-in-law’s birthday.

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The second recipe was a Red Velvet Cake from Flour, the recipe had the cake paired with a vanilla buttercream, but I love red velvet with cream cheese frosting, so I used the Flour recipe for that as well.

Again, I apologize for the quality of photos, I only had my iPhone that weekend so they aren’t the best.

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Ingredients

1.5 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
2 1/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 egg yolks
3 3/4 cups cake flour
1.5 teaspoons baking powder
1.5 teaspoons baking soda
1.5 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
3/4 cup nonfat buttermilk
3/4 cup creme fraiche
1/2 cup red food coloring
2 teaspoons vanilla

Instructions

Cake

1. Position rack in the center of the oven and heat to 350 degrees F
2. Butter and flour two 8-inch round cake pans
3. Cream together the butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes, or until light & fluffy (It will take longer if using a handheld mixer)
4. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and egg yolks until mixed
5. On low speed, slowly pour the eggs into the butter-sugar mixture
6. Mix until eggs are thoroughly incorporated
7. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder
8. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, creme fraiche, food coloring, and vanilla just until combined
9. On the lowest speed, add about one-third of the flour mixture and mix just until combined
10. Immediately pour in about half of the buttermilk and continue to mix on the lowest speed until the buttermilk mixture is almost thoroughly incorporated
11. Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl and add half of the remaining flour mixture and the rest of the buttermilk mixture until just combined. Don’t over mix
12. Remove bowl from mixer and add the rest of the flour mix using a spatula and folding the batter until the mixture is homogenous
13. Divide the batter evenly between the two cake pans
14. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until the cakes spring back when pressed in the middle
15. Let cool completely in the pans on wire racks
16. The cakes can then be tightly wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in the freezer for up to 1 week. That at room temperature, still wrapped tightly in plastic wrap

Frosting

Ingredients

12 ounces cream cheese, left at room temperature for 4 hours
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 2/3 cups confectioners’ sugar

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Instructions

1. Put the cream cheese in the stand mixer and beat on medium speed for about one minute, or until smooth
2. Add the butter and continue to beat for another minute
3. Scrape the sides and add the confectioners’ sugar
4. Beat for one more minute, or until well mixed
5. Cover the frosting and refrigerator for 2-3 hours before using, this allows it to firm up enough to pipe or spread
6. Frosting can be made up to 5 days in advance if store in an airtight container in the fridge

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Notes

My cake ended up being kind of dry, I am not sure if it’s because I left it out overnight or what. Next time I would definitely put them in the fridge the night before. The flavor of the cake was spot-on, so I will definitely be trying this again.

The frosting was delicious, nice and creamy and not too heavy. My only issue was that leaving it in the fridge overnight made it difficult to spread in the morning so I had to let it soften a tad that morning and rushed through my frosting job.

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Overall, this was a good dessert and I want to try my hand at it again when I am not so rushed and I can perfect the dessert.

Check out other daily eats and treats with Jenn for WIAW!


What’s your favorite cake? Mine is definitely red velvet!

Chocolate Melting Cake & Cupcakes

For B’s first birthday I had grand plans to make a huge cake and B’s smash cake.

However, it was too big of a plan. I just didn’t have time to do everything I had planned. So we bought a cake for the adults and I made B’s smash cake and cupcakes.

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ordered cake

For the cake I ordered I got a white cake with vanilla frosting, so I went with a chocolate cake for B’s cake.

I started with a devils food cake.

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1 cup buttermilk

Whisk together 3/4 cup of boiling water and 3/4 cup of cocoa powder. Cover and set aside.

Mix together 6 ounces of butter, 2 cups of sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

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Add 3 eggs one at a time and cream together until light and fluffy.

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Sift together 2 1/2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon baking powder. Add this mixture alternating with 1 cup buttermilk to the other mixture.

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Add cocoa and water mixture until smooth.

I made the cake batter first and set it aside. I should have made the ganache first. Oh well, still turned out delicious.

To make the ganache place 3/4 cup of heavy whipping cream in a small saucepan over medium heat, bring to a boil while stirring.

Put 8 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a stainless steel mixing bowl. Remove the cream from the heat and pour over the chocolate. Stir with a wooden spoon until the chocolate is melted.

Let the chocolate sit at room temperature for 1 hour or 20-30 minutes in the refrigerator.

Once all the ingredients were ready I poured half the batter into a 9 inch cake round and the rest into cupcake molds.

Fill each device 3/4 of the way. For the cupcakes I add one tablespoon of ganache on top of the batter, then I poured the rest of the ganache into the cake pan.

Cook the cake and cupcakes at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

I decorated the cupcakes with vanilla frosting and B’s cake with whipped cream.

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he liked it ;)

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the cupcakes, yum!

Comeback Cake!

When I was little my mom would make us special cakes for our birthdays. I remember some very scary ones where my mom would stick a doll in the center and the dress was the cake, but for some reason all the dolls were creepy looking.

My request was always the same. This pan that I swear looked like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

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I was always sad when they killed him at the end, he is so adorable, no?

Anyway I was reminded of this precious cake when I heard they are making Ghostbusters 3 and 4!

Mom, please break out this pan, for my birthday comeback cake!

Today’s Question: Do you have a favorite cake from childhood?